English for Parents
Two Generation Education
We’ve taken basic ESL instruction and customized our English classes for parents of young children. Instructors work closely with families in year-round classes that meet two to three times a week. They encourage families to build on their native language by using English and Spanish at home and in class.
In a matter of months, parents gain the confidence to communicate with teachers and build reading and learning routines at home. It doesn’t take long before parents feel more comfortable playing an active role in their child’s education.
“I can understand English when I go to the doctor, the grocery store and at my children’s school. The English classes are helping me a lot.”
-Community Center parent
Parents make amazing progress in just two to three years. Most start out speaking just a few phrases of basic English. Within two to three years, they’re speaking advanced level English. What does that mean? Parents can go about life independently, participate in most conversations and become involved in their local school. Communicating with teachers and helping children with homework is now a comfortable part of family life.
Without a high school diploma, many parents encounter obstacles to employment. That’s why our community centers offer parents the opportunity to earn their GED. Evaluations show adult education helps the whole family. In addition to improving their employment outlook, parents feel more comfortable guiding children through important choices for their educational futures.
Ready for Work
Parents in our community centers told us they needed workforce training classes. Through our partnership with Metropolitan Community College, they earn national recognized certifications. This leads to better jobs and a stronger future for their families. In fact, research shows children are more likely to succeed in school when their families are financially stable.